Hi there Ramona friends! Oh my gosh I am so excited about this weekend in Ramona. It looks like it might be a hair cooler than last weekend, so fingers crossed we can all enjoy ourselves and enjoy a little time out in the sun! This week we are bringing you not only a weekend of fun but I’m also going to include some fun things to do next week! Perfect for the kids!! There really is something here for the whole family! Be sure that you read the entire post so that you don’t miss out on any of the fun things happening in our great town!! Plus we joined up with some of our local wineries to bring you a fun little contest so READ THE ENTIRE POST! J
As I always say, weekends start on Thursday in Ramona. Head into town tonight and grab some yummy grub and grab a seat (or bring one) and watch the parade of cars “Cruise” through town!!! Cruise starts at 6:30 and typically runs until about 8pm. Tonight is going to be another special cruise night. Thursday nights and our “Cruise” really just give me this nostalgic feeling. It is truly special and part of what makes me proud to live in this great town! Here is a list of all the great specials going on tonight:
Pamo Valley Winery Tasting Room
Let’s be honest here… the tasting room is really the happening spot on Thursday nights! If you really want to experience the cruise you need to stop by and see what it’s all about. They have an AMAZING Summer White Sangria you NEED to try!!! $5 for a glass tonight! Then you can grab a plate of street tacos from Pepe’s Produce, plates are $5. Don’t miss out on the fun, I promise you’ll have a blast!
(Photo credit Shannon Robinson Photography)
Ramona Mainstage is serving up $5 beers, hot dogs, and nachos for you tonight. Stop by and grab a seat out front!
The Main Course
Every time I drive by The Main Course on Thursday nights I want to stop by for their BBQ. I LOVE The Main Course! The ambiance, the food, everything is so wonderful. If you haven’t been there yet, why not try it out tonight!
Every day is a good day to head to the Café. Tonight you and your family can enjoy some good down home cooking and a glass of Turtle Rock Ridge Cruise Night Blue Sangria! You get a refillable glass for $12 and refills for $8. If you love Turtle Rock Ridge Wine and you love food, then you have hit the winning combo here!
Be sure when you are down to walk next door to the London Bakery and grab a tasty treat for dessert! I just read on their Facebook page that they have Banoffee pie which is a pie with bananas and toffee! They are open until 8pm tonight!
Ramona Family Naturals
Do you love finger licking good food? Well tonight is your night at Ramona Family Naturals. They are serving up some tasty ribs as their special tonight! Stop by grab some ribs and grab a seat out front to watch the show!
Packards Coffee Shop
How hungry are you?? Tonight Packards will be serving up their famous Paninis. And some mixed berry cobbler for dessert! Yummers! Oh did I forget to mention that there is vanilla ice cream on top of that warm cobbler. You know you want to go now!
The Ramona Skatepark Champions are really catering to you tonight. Not only are they doling out Root Beer Floats (which you NEED in your life) but they are also going to be a Pokemon Go Pokestop tonight starting at 7pm! So bring some cash, donate your dollars, get a root beer float, and get some Pokeballs while you’re at it!...because all the cool kids are doing it!
Help support one of our young Ramonian’s get to D.C.
Have you stopped and bought one of these cake pops yet? These cake pops are HUGE!!! Honestly, worth way more than .50! She’ll be back out there tonight!! You can help Kaitlyn Valencia earn money for her 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. She and her mom will be set up in front of the Affordable Treasures/La Cocina Parking lot. Please stop by and support this young lady by buying one of their homemade treats!! Get there early because they have been selling out every week! Let’s help make this trip happen for her! Here is what they will have:
-chocolate cake pops $0.50
- vanilla cake pops $0.50
-coffee cake pops $0.50
PLEASE drop and extra dollar or two in this young lady’s jar!
The Corn Lady
The Corn Lady will be out tonight with her amazing corn for all of her loyal followers. She will be parked between Ramona Food and Clothes Closet and Main Street Rocha Church. Go get yourself some of the best corn you will EVER eat! Do it!
Open late tonight until 8pm, walk around a check out all of their great handmade items then step outside and get some grub carnival style from Carnival of Food, tonight they will be serving up BBQ’d hamburgers, hot dogs, brauts, and Mr. Scoops will be out with cool treats too!
Ramona Town Radio
Ramona Town Radio will be broadcasting LIVE right outside the Chamber of Commerce building. Have you downloaded their app yet on your phone? Head to the app store and hit download and take Ramona Town Radio with you wherever you go!
Up The Hill Grill
Every Thursday Night you can enjoy Up the Hill Grills Yummy Cruise Night Special, Smoked Sausage Sandwich with grilled mushrooms, and cheese on a roll with fries. Let me also just add my additional 2 cents on their burgers…AMAZING!! Really go there for a burger tonight, you won’t be sad, you’ll be happy! Plus, who wouldn’t want to watch the cars go by from their patio! Lots of other great and tasty things on the menu as well!
San Diego Sunshine
San Diego Sunshine is open late tonight until 9pm. Stop by their tasting room located at 432 Maple Street Ste. 6 after you’ve watched the cruise and stuffed yourself with amazing food and try one of their local specialty drinks. You won’t know that you LOVE it until you try it!
Call in your order to Pizza Hut tonight and get a large 1 topping pizza for $7.99 from 6-9pm. Go pick it up and grab your seats on the street and watch the cars go by while enjoying your pie! Since I am a sucker for pizza, this is super easy and super tasty!!
Spots that are Open Late Till 8 (that I know of J)
Fashionably Late Boutique
Unicorn Books and Gifts
A Classic Tale (Open until 7pm)
Sunshine Spirits (Open until 9pm)
The Mason Jar –
If you aren’t going to Cruise night and are still looking for something to do…why not head to the Par Lounge and enjoy some made to order pasta and enjoy it paired with some Ramona Ranch Winery wine! Ramona Ranch Winery will be on hand with four of their amazing wines. Don’t cook tonight…eat out and enjoy the wine!
The rest of your weekend goes something like this….
We have so many wonderful wineries here in town (as you’ll see below) Here are the wineries that are open on Friday to start your weekend off.
11am – 5pm
Pamo Valley Winery Tasting Room
2pm – 8pm
Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard Winery
10am – 7pm
Altipiano Vineyard and Winery
12pm – 6pm
Ramona Ranch Winery
11pm – 6pm
La Finquita Winery
2pm – 7pm
This Saturday is the start of the Ramona Jr. Fair! The fair will run Saturday the 30th through Sunday the 7th. Here you will find our local kids who have worked hard for months raising their animals and bringing them to the fair for showmanship and some for market. This entire week of events will be capped off by the livestock auction next Saturday. And while I’m talking about the livestock auction, I did want to throw it out there that if you are interested in purchasing an animal whether it be beef, pork, vealer, lamb, or any other animal as a former 4H’er I can tell you that these kids really appreciate your support! See the entire Jr. Fair calendar of events here.
Ramona Certified Farmers Market this Saturday morning from 9am to 1pm. With vendors ranging from produce to plants there really is a little bit of everything at the Farmers Market. Stop by the Kmart parking lot to check it out for yourself.
The Men’s Auxiliary at Ramona’s VFW Post #3783 will be holding their 6th Annual Benefit Poker Run. The fun starts at 8am with registration and breakfast and then the ride starts at 9:45. All vehicles are welcome, bike, rods, and wrecks lol! This will be a fun and great even that will start and finish at our VFW Post. There will be live music, raffles, and they have promised a Killer BBQ!
Did you do some produce shopping from our farmer stands last weekend? If not do it this weekend! Our local farmers are truly such an asset to our town! Plus, who doesn’t love homegrown, organic, fresh produce! Why not spend some time and stop at all of them this weekend! Here is what I want you to do… go to the farm stands take a selfie of you and the veggies and send it to me! I want to see you out in the community! (send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Local Farm Stands open for business:
401 Pile Street
1914 Pamo Road
Kountry Made Farm
1121 11th Street
3326 Highway 67
252 Steffy Road
456 Telford Lane
Capability Ranch Special Needs Activities Center will be hosting a fun event called Playing around with Picasso! This will be a fun crafts event that runs from 2:30-4pm with a cost of $10 to cover materials. If you would like to attend this fun event text 914-582-5901 so that they can have an accurate headcount!
Capability Ranch – 18030 Highland Valley Rd.
Saturday night is going to be hopping in Ramona! With TWO great events around town planned, take your pick they will all be tons of fun!
Memories of Elvis to benefit Heart and Hooves Therapy
This AWESOME event begins at 8pm at Ramona Mainstage. With tons a great Elvis music covering all three eras of his music. A great event for a great cause!! Is there anything better?!! General admission tickets are $30. To purchase tickets, click here or visit www.ramonamainstage.com
Packards Outdoor Movie Night
Who doesn’t love watching movies outside while enjoying some yummy movie type food?? The fun starts at 8pm (although I would get there early to get a good spot!) The featured movie will be Robin Williams in Hook!! There will be nachos, hotdogs, popcorn, and rootbeer floats available for purchase! So much fun!!
Every weekend is another opportunity to WINEd down! Here are some cool things happening at some of our local wineries and tasting rooms and some contest information below:
Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard Winery
Come celebrate Turtle Rock Ridge’s 4th Anniversary! Turtle Rock is so happy to have been able to serve the community of Ramona and lots and lots of visitors from all over that on their 4th Anniversary they want to thank you with a great deal on a glass of wine! Stop over and say hi and enjoy a $5 glass of wine! I LOVE TRR! Say hi to Barbara for me! She’ll be there both Saturday and Sunday pouring your wine!
Wine, art and music, what more could you want? This weekend sip, swirl and repeat while you enjoy live original music by Salvador Padilla and some beautiful sculptures by numerous Latin American artists. Their new bar is up and just waiting for you! There may even be a yummy food truck on site with some tasty eats for you to try!
La Finquita Winery & Vineyard
It’s your last weekend to shop for Christmas in July at La Finquita Winery! Not that you can’t pick out gifts the rest of the year, but come on it just sounds like more fun when you are shopping for Christmas in July!! The A/C will be on and you can even order one of their yummy wine slushies! Sounds like a great time to me! Start your shopping early!
Vineyard Grant James
Vineyard Grant James summer dinner series continues this weekend featuring Chef Colectivo Felix with a wine and food pairing dinner!!! $65 per person, you will want to reserve your spot for this tasty event!! Buy tickets at www.vineyardgrantjames.com
Barrel 1 Winery
Stop by Barrel 1 and enjoy their newly released 2015 Spanish Blush, it is a blush of Tempranillo. Visit them this weekend and enjoy some of the best wine that Ramona has to offer! The setting is lovely and relaxing and the perfect way to spend Saturday or Sunday!
Ok, ok here is what you have ALL been waiting for! Everyone loves a CONTEST!!! This one let's you get a discount on wine! Even better right!!
Ok so here’s the deets (details for you peeps not hip on my contest lingo) Take a look at the photo. There are 6 wineries pictured. If you can guess even one of them, you can take this photo (I’d do a screenshot on your phone, but that’s just me) and go to one of the wineries, show them the picture, and if they say you are right then you get $1 off your glass of wine! So worth it right!!! This is*not valid with any other winery specials. Only valid on glasses.
So let me give you an example (this is totally not an answer or a clue so don’t actually go to this one and try it and then get mad at me. But do go there because the wine is AMAZING!!) You think that one of the photos resembles something you have seen at Barrel 1 winery, so you take a screen shot of the photo head over to Barrel 1 show Audrey the photo and ask if you are right…she says yes (if Barrel1 was on there) and you would get a $1 off a glass of wine. See easy peasy and you get a $1 off a glass of wine! #winning So take a look and go explore some wineries and enjoy your weekend!!!
don't forget **not valid with any other winery specials. Only valid on glasses!
Lastly starting this Sunday there will be a Support group for parents who have lost a child. This group will be so beneficial to anyone who has ever lost a child. Sometimes the only people who understand what you are going through are people who have been through it as well. This new group will meet once a month. Meeting July 31st at 6:30pm. Please call Sheri for details. 760-443-6861.
There you have it! Lots of fun things to do in Ramona this weekend! Also, don't forget to click that link above to check out all of the fun events happening ALL week at the Ramon Jr. Fair!!! Your kids will have a blast!! Stay cool and stay safe! Have a great weekend Ramona!